Many are the heartwarming initiatives that we’ve been hearing about for days now, helping people in need during this tough situation the country is living. On Sunday, the Batroun Municipality opened its doors to collect in-kind assistance from new clothes, toys, gifts, and food items from the people of the city, to then redistribute them to the families in need.
Under the title Every day Jesus passes by me many times, the Municipality collaborated with the Batroun Associations and the congregations of Saint Estefan and Saint George, as well as institutions catering to the needy. Representatives of the Batroun associations came to receive the aids and re-sort them to be distributed to the families.
This is the second year Batroun undertakes this Christmas Campaign. The success of the previous year brought the municipality to repeat it this year “since the current situation calls for movement towards our society,” according to Batroun Mayor Marcelino Al-Harak.
Mr. Al-Harak, who’s the head of the Union of Municipalities of the Batroun Region, pointed out that “the reason for the success of this activity is the response of the people of the city who rushed to provide aid.”
He explained, “The large amount of aid flowed to the municipality in response to our campaign because the people are impulsive, loving, and [feel in] solidarity with cases that require support and assistance. The most beautiful in this activity is the method of distribution, that is through charities that operate within the city of Batroun as they have Data on families and their needs.”
Lebanese popular actor George Khabbaz was one of the contributors who organized and supported this campaign. He stressed that it means a lot to him: “As we are the sons of one city, we lived together and we must rejoice together and live the holiday period together, especially under the circumstances we are going through.”
He said deeming the first one successful, which encouraged the Municipality of Batroun to repeat it, stating that he is “very proud of this tender towards the people of the same city.”
Khabbaz also thanked the Municipality of Batroun and the associations, “and everyone who contributed to the success of the campaign and put a smile on the faces of people who deserve to live the joy of the holiday.”